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Sharing My World 80

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Share Your World – April 30, 2018

Do you use paper money? If so is your money organized sequentially according to denomination?

Well, sort of, in answer to both questions, although the organized part is a bit hit or miss.  A couple of weeks ago I had two five dollar bills, both folded in half and probably right side up and facing forward. If I still had them I would go and check to verify this information, because that is exactly how busy I am.

I like to have some cash on hand, especially if we’re travelling, for small things like coffee or snacks, but that’s just a long ingrained habit, because now everywhere takes cards for everything.  But if they don’t, or their machines are down, it’s good to have an emergency stash of a couple of twenties stuffed into some obscure zippered pocket of your bag so you can rummage around in a panic trying to find them, praying you didn’t use them for something already.  Also a suitcase full of paper money hidden under your floor boards would be nice.

You are comfortable doing nothing? For long stretches of time?

I am comfortable doing nothing for long stretches of time.  Yes I am.  I am also able to sit perfectly still without fidgeting.  Normally I am a very patient and calm person and don’t mind waiting.  I can be relaxed to the point of passing out.  I used to call this severe laziness, but now I’ve decided it’s more like energy efficiency.  I am conserving my power.  Fully charged and on standby.  Except not actually standing if there’s someplace to sit down.

What is your greatest strength?

I honestly don’t know.  I’m pretty ordinary.

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week? Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination.

I appreciate the weather for finally figuring out what season we’re supposed to be experiencing, although today started out overcast and windy.  It’s not snowing.  Woohoo.  That’s something to smile about.

When the snow finally took a breather W was able to drive east to see his parents and take care of some things for them.  We haven’t communicated much for a couple of weeks but I’m assuming it’s all going well and I expect him home some time tomorrow afternoon.  Our lawns at last look to be dry enough to be raked and poked and prodded and whatever else he plans to do to them.  Apparently he has a system.  He told me that when I offered to help.  So I’m assuming he meant I should just stay out of his way.  Stirring up the grass just stirs up my allergies and I really hate yard work anyway.  I don’t even know why I offered.  Sometimes I carry this trying to be nice thing way too far.

The sun is just now coming out from behind the clouds!  All the green emerging from the greys and browns is a beautiful uplifting sight.  It IS May, after all.  Which means we have about three more weeks before we can put out our bedding plants here.  I wish I was kidding about that, or that I bothered with bedding plants, but I gave that up a long time ago because I got tired of spending money to watch things die.  Maybe that’s my greatest strength, knowing when to give up.  Ha.  Like that one made the list.  Although when you think about it, it is a concept some people can’t grasp.

Give it up.  Let it go.  End this blather.  See how easy that was?

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Some Days Are Like This

imageNormally I would not in a hundred bazillion years share a photo of my fridge interior with strangers.  Or friends or family or anyone.  You just never know what totally embarrassing thing might be in there waiting to make you look bad.

But I am rather proud of my flyer-advertisement-worthy appliance today so you get to see it.  Plus, I have nothing else to tell you except my fridge cleaning story.  Close your eyes and put your headphones on, I don’t care, I’m telling it.

In a fit of blazing enthusiasm, perhaps brought on by the heat, I emptied this thing out, took out all the pieces and cleaned the shelves and the drawers and the glass pieces thoroughly in warm soapy water and dried them all with many towels until they were shiny clean and as sparkly as old well-used pieces of fridge can get.

Putting everything back together was a pain in the butt.  There are shelves that slide back and forth and in and out, and no matter how they are arranged there’s aways some stupid food product that won’t fit right on any of them.  What ever happened to fridges where you didn’t have any of these annoying choices and you could blame someone else for where you were forced to put things?  Throwing out mystery items and  expired things helped to balance my mood.  Like olives with a best before date of April, 2014.  And that’s all I’m going to say about that.

Proving that housework never ends (until you put your foot down and tell yourself to just stop it) I carried on to the pantry cupboard and straightened that up as well.

The reason for doing all this?  I was making a shopping list and I have a bad habit of not looking hard enough for something and ending up purchasing another one of whatever it is that has gone missing behind a bunch of other stuff….you know how it goes.  So now I have a really great list and no energy left to go anywhere with it.

But wow, look at that fridge!  There’s actually an empty shelf.  And many many lemons for some reason that escapes me right now.

A super organized person I’m guessing could make two shopping lists.  The second one could be called “Do Not Buy” (because you already have lots even though while you are shopping you will forget this and throw random items that you purchase regularly in to your cart just in case.)  With my luck the lists would get switched.

So super organized might not be as super as we assume.  I’m not going to risk it anyway.  But I AM going to risk grocery shopping once again, this time armed with a little more knowledge than usual.  Let’s see how that goes.

Friday the 14th

There is no rest for Our Lady of the Lists
There is no rest for Our Lady of the Lists

In honour of day fourteen in my December 2012 Book of Days, here is my list of 14 random things I want to say.  I’m sorry I can’t be more specific about this particular lists contents until I’m finished writing it.  Before I went out shopping this morning I had to shuffle through that conglomeration of attempts at getting organized that you see above.  The pile of lists is considerably smaller now.  But there’s never any real end to them.  So what the hell, here’s another one.

1.  My favourite wine is on sale at Superstore this weekend so I picked up four bottles of it, and just for good measure, two more of another kind that was recommended to me by a very reliable source, also on sale.  If that isn’t enough Christmas wine to last us through the holiday, we are entirely too fond of it.

2.   W. has agreed to host one of his famous fish fries for our family over the holidays.  Delicious all you can eat fish in batter with a side of not exactly fries, but more like real English chips.  I love a man who can cook.

3.  For the first time in umpteen dozen years, I have my very own Avon lady. She is sweet and she delivers to my door.

4.  The  Bath and Body Works White Barn Sandalwood Vanilla scented candle is lovely.  I have four of them.  Because, (I don’t know), I seem to be doing things in multiples of four.  They’re a little on the pricey side, but they last a long time and the fragrance from one candle goes everywhere in the house.

5.  Apparently I have 202 followers here.  Huh.  I wonder how many of them are real people who did this on purpose?  Ultimately I don’t care.  Just seeing that number makes me smile.

It's a number that starts with 13!  Woot!
It’s a number that starts with 13! Woot!

6.  This Likes badge popped up in my notifications a few days ago and it also made me smile .  Do these things come in multiples of 1337?  If so, hopefully it doesn’t take my blog another six years to make it to 2674.  I love cryptic milestones.

7.  I’m done with stocking stuffers and I’m done with gifts, except for a couple of things that are ordered and have to be delivered and should be here next week.  Expected time of arrival is now the 17th.  I can keep it together for three more days, I’m almost certain.

8.  People who love to wrap gifts are cordially invited to my house for a gift wrapping party.  It’s one of my least favourite things to do on the list of things I whine about having to do.  I was going to start it early this afternoon, but I’m putting it off and complaining about it instead.

9.  Since I’ve misplaced my recipe for a layered dip that I make every other blue moon I looked one up on allrecipes.com and found this Layered Seafood Dip which is very similar except for the addition of crab meat.  I don’t remember using that before.  But I’m going to now, and I’m sure it will be good.

10.  Against the recommendation of a very UNreliable source, I  have purchased Christmas blend Starbucks coffee.  This person told me it wasn’t very good this year.  If I started a list of all the things this lady has told me that turned out to be deluded nonsense, I’d be here all day.  So I won’t start.  And I’m sure the coffee will be fine.

11.  I think I’m down to only two lists now, not counting this one!  But, you know, the day isn’t over.

12.  W is going to come with me to do the final grocery shop (which never ends up being final, no matter how many damn lists you stuff in your handbag).  We’re aiming for Monday to pick up most of the perishables and produce and fresh things that, if they didn’t go bad, we’d stock up on in October just to avoid the crowds.

13.  If he’d come with me today I could have had him carry six clinking bottles of wine in two plastic bags across a slushy slippery parking lot fearing for his life.  Liquor store parking lots are not for the faint of heart.

14.  Fourteen was a rather ambitious number of items to aspire to for a list, even for me, but there it is.  The book of days is nearly halfway done!